Getting Ahead: ‘Is Time Money?’


As a boy, I heard that phrase over and over again: “Time is money.”

That saying had been passed down from my grandparents and was meant to give me understanding that I could use to make my life better. The problem was that I perceived it as a statement that had emphasis on money.

I thought that the only wise use of my time was when I was using it to make money. I adopted this way of thinking into manhood and, for the most part, lived my life that way. By adopting this way of thinking, my profession held the first and most important place in my life.

Being diligent in our work and our finances is an honorable thing to do, but I have also been told that the love of money is the root of all evil. If the love of money is truly the root of all evil, then what I perceived to be the most important thing in my life would be the very thing that opens the door for evil to destroy me.

How can both of these statements be true if they contradict each other? Does it seem there is a conflict here because I have not interpreted them correctly? Could there be other things that I spend my time on that are more important than my profession? I must have money to live on and that is good; so how does it become evil? Are both of these statements true? Is there an obvious answer to this dilemma?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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